The Heart of a Child

Matthew 18:1-5 

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation.  2 Corinthians 7:10 (NKJV)

frustrated tired childMy seven-year-old son came up to me with his hand outstretched. “Look, Mom.” I was horrified to see my husband’s watch broken in countless pieces in his palm. “Son, what did you do?” “I just put in on the sidewalk and I went like this” – he stomped his leg up and down on the floor – “to see what would happen.” I moaned in disbelief. He asked if the watch could be fixed; I told him it couldn’t. Disappointed, he went to his room. After a while he returned with his favorite little toy. “Mom, do you think if we sell this, we would get enough money to buy Dad a new watch?”

My little boy knew he had done wrong and was sorry. Now he was trying to make restitution in the only way he knew how. As adults, we often blame others for our wrongdoings, or we attempt to justify them, or we hide our sins altogether. Jesus wants us to be as little children.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, please help us to come to you as little children, especially when we have sinned and need your forgiveness. Amen

                                                               Lydia Reyes – Colorado Springs, CO

 

 (Published in The Secret Place, Fall 2004 issue, p. 59)
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